The Trump press conference: Down the rabbit hole we go

In a press conference this morning, Donald Trump pleaded with Russian government hackers suspected of breaking into computers at the Democratic National Committee to also find and release emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“It would be interesting. Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, staring into the camera as he signaled a desire for further Russian meddling in American politics. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

“Because you’d see some beauties there,” he said. “So let’s see.”

Trump also defended Russia against increasingly strong evidence from federal intelligence officials and private cyber-security experts that the DNC hack had been conducted by Russian government agencies. The source of the cyber-attack was “probably not Russia,” Trump said, although he cited no evidence or expert analysis on which to base that conclusion. “It’s probably China, or somebody sitting in his bed.”

“I never met Putin,” he said. “He said one nice thing about me, that I’m a genius.”¹

When invited to condemn Russia’s concerted hacking campaign and tell Putin to keep his nose out of our politics, Trump declined.

“I’m not going to tell Putin what to do. Why should I tell Putin what to do?”

Yes indeed. Why should a top American political leader tell Russian leaders to stop hacking into the private computers of U.S. citizens, U.S. political groups, U.S. government agencies, U.S. media outlets? What business is it of an American leader to try to keep foreign powers from meddling in our democratic elections?

I guess it’s consistent, if nothing else. Trump has already repeatedly suggested that if Russia were to invade NATO allies such as Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, the United States under President Trump might stand by and do nothing, despite our pledge to defend those countries.

He also said this morning that as president, he might officially recognize the forced annexation of Crimea by Russia and also might lift sanctions that were imposed on Russia as punishment for that aggression.

So what else?

Trump said that he has been doing well, very well, among Hispanic voters.

He talked again of wanting to be friendly with Russia, because we need their support against ISIS. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we got along with people?” he said. He then immediately launched a rhetorical attack against France, which has been one of our strongest military allies against ISIS and has conducted hundreds of air attacks against ISIS targets. That support is a major reason why France has been targeted for terror attacks.

To Trump, though, France is no longer a place that anyone would want to visit. “France is no longer France,” he said. “France is no longer France. They won’t like me saying that.”

He returned to Putin’s relationship with President Obama:

“Number one he doesn’t like him. Number two he doesn’t respect him. I think he’s going to respect your president if I’m elected. And I hope he likes me. President Trump would be so much better for U.S.-Russian relations.”

He denied that he has any investments or business deals in Russia. He and his staff continue to duck the question of whether Russians have investments in him. He said that if Russia is indeed responsible for the hacking, it reveals a lack of respect on their part that he, as president, would somehow correct immediately.

He addressed the contents of the already leaked DNC emails, which included a suggestion from a DNC staffer that it might be useful with more conservative voters to highlight Bernie Sanders’ alleged atheism. (There is no evidence that the stupid suggestion was ever acted upon.)

“They were terrible things,” Trump said, putting on his shocked face. “Talking about Jewish. Talking about race. Talking about atheism. Putting labels on people. It was a disgrace.

Trump also attacked President Obama as the most ignorant person ever to hold the office. This was shortly before he attacked the performance of Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, during his time as governor of New Jersey.

Tim Kaine was never governor of New Jersey. Tom Kean was N.J. governor from 1982-90.

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UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m. : I’m beginning to see attempts by Newt Gingrich and others to explain away Trump’s behavior as some sort of poor joke gone awry. I would find that more believable if Trump hadn’t already indicated support for this kind of behavior:

DonTweetI would also find it more believable if he had accompanied this “joke” with a clear, forthright condemnation of Russian hacking and meddling and a defense of the integrity of the American election system. Yet despite repeated opportunities, he cannot bring himself to utter those words or anything like them. He is more than eager to leverage ill-gotten data from any source.

Finally, ask yourself this:

If the Russians do release the Clinton emails in the next few days, plus more embarrassing emails culled from the DNC servers, would The Donald’s reaction be:

A.) Anger and outrage at the Russians for spying and and for daring to meddle in internal American politics, or

B.) Glee and delight at any political opportunities that might arise, while excusing any Russian role in the matter.

Based on his reaction to the release of emails to date, the only plausible answer would be B, Trump would welcome that intervention and be utterly delighted. After all, that’s exactly how he responded to the first round of such emails, and he clearly has no intention of changing that approach.

So no, this is the furthest thing from a joke.


¹In a Republican presidential debate last November, in an effort to build his foreign policy stature, Trump told a quite different story. “I got to know (Putin) very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night,” he said.

The question then becomes whether Trump was lying then or lying now. The answer is that he was lying then.

He and Putin never came close to meeting — they were on separate continents and were interviewed separately for separate segments on ’60 Minutes’. And despite Trump’s publicly expressed hopes that Putin would grant him a meeting when he was in Moscow for a Miss Universe pageant, it never took place.

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_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

"They were able to recreate most of the 30k emails."

Who put out this false talking point?  Jay and others have stated it as fact several (definition of several:  More than 2, but not many) times over past few days.

The FBI director stated they were able to recover several thousand of the 33 thousand emails from other accounts.


So even if several thousand = 10,000, that's way less than half of the 33,000 that Hill and her lawyers deleted - certainly not "most".

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Well, Little Kim Un's director-general of U.S. affairs has accused the Obama administration of an act of war. He drew one of Obama's red lines.

Maybe Obama will get Putin to take care of that for us.

schnirt  

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

ivg

Of course people like you will get butt hurt if it involves more NSA surveillance to ferett out the Islamist crazies and Putin supporters.

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Wow. Quite a statement. 

People like me will get 'butt hurt'? So NSA spying is not a problem for you? 

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@honested @Donnie_Pinko


"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

-Ben Franklin

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko 

It would be better if the Islamist crazies or putin supporters would just leave, surrender or politely off themselves.

Short of that, we need the NSA to keep an eye offshore.

Like it or not.

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@gadem @TetoLeo @honested @Donnie_Pinko


Learn something about people before you babble at the keyboard, of course anyone who thinks a quote from Ben Franklin about Liberty and associate that with groveling at Trumps feet..... well lets just say you have permanent residency on the left side of the Bell Curve


I don't need any bootstraps!   I live 8 minutes from the beach in a nice neighborhood, put money in my savings each month and work over 40 hrs a week and have done it continuously through Bush and Obama as I graduated college shortly after Bush started.


I don't grovel at either of their feet.  I think both of the candidates are seriously flawed and have not given me any reason to cast my vote for either of them.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Yes, it's true Donald Trump's dog whistle politics is working.  Since yesterday I have been called a "BLM freak", this morning another one actually had the nerve to post that "black people can't be president again because of Obama", and now slavery is something that can made fun of and turned into a joke.  WOW, just as I stated earlier Donald Trump is a POS.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser Please do not defend your bad apples by posting a story by a black governor.  I have no interest in helping you to defend blatant racism by reading that BS. You can take it down now and go move another goal post.  Never mind, your lap dogs down below will be along shortly to read it to defend their racist post from earlier.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Peachs What gets me is they post the mess that they do and someone, see @TetoLeo , comes along afterward to defend their offensive remarks and sees absolutely nothing wrong with doing so.  Yet Democrats are the ones that the right is constantly accusing of dividing the country because in their worlds they see absolutely nothing wrong with their racist attitudes.  It's par for the course.

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@StraightNoChaser @TetoLeo


Was not a defense of racism.


It was our country's first black governor stating the same as you that slavery is not a joking matter.


Do you not agree with him?


TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@StraightNoChaser @Peachs @TetoLeo


Who defended it did you even read the article???


Do you agree with the former Governor?


I posted it to show across party lines regardless of the offender that using slavery as a punch line is wrong.



So please tell everyone here exactly what I posted was racist or defending racism??????

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser Duh, what do you think I was ranting about?  Slavery is not a laughing matter.  I was just in DC for my graduation, that's where I am from, and had a chance to see the outside of the new African American history museum.  It's a beautiful building by the way, it looks like a giant chocolate African basket weave, but I can't wait to go back and see the inside so that I can learn more about what slaves had to go through.  It's my history and it's not a laughing matter.

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@StraightNoChaser @TetoLeo


I agree with you!!


So what purpose is served by you labeling everything you don't want to look at or bother to read is defense of those you disagree with much.


Then go on to talk about dividing the country in what way are YOU helping to unify anything when someone post something to support your statement of slavery not being a joke but instead of reading it you discount it and accuse the poster of defending racism?

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@StraightNoChaser @TetoLeo @Peachs



Ignorance, be it taught or willful, is the fuel of racism and bigotry.


You make yourself no different than a racist bigot when you intentionally allow yourself to be ignorant on a situation simply because you do not agree with the person, on policy and political issues.

It is possible for us to disagree on what needs to be done without one side assuming the other is racist or that they are defending racism.


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser I looked at your link and yes the governor and I are on the same page.  Thanks for posting and from now on I will reserve my attacks for those who deserving need them.  My apologies.  Now with that being said you should now by now that if you keep coming I'm eventually going to snap.  LOL Just kidding.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser @Peachs True.  In the America I grew up in we never had to discuss race and I never saw anyone targeted because of their race. That's why I am able to relate to America is already great because I have never seen what I am currently seeing going on in this country. It was automatically assumed that we were all the same. 

Peachs
Peachs

I wish they would give Obama a third term! Then we wouldn't be having this discussion.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser @Peachs As I stated down below and up above slavery is not a laughing matter so yes I do agree with the governor.  My apologies for leaping on you without reading your link. I am just hyped from all of the racist remarks from down below.  It's a shock to your system to still see comments like that in 2016.  I grew up in an America where I have never had to experience nor see the amount of racism that I am seeing as a result of this country electing it's first black president.  No one should be making fun of or making light of the hardship and pain that slaves had to endure, including Bill O'Reilly.  

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Now liberals calling for Espionage Act crackdowns on democratic rights and court martials. 

Sometimes I think liberals would be happiest if we just went ahead and imposed a police state now - overseen by a suitably enlightened 'progressive' of course. 


lvg
lvg

@Donnie_Pinko Definitely where our enemies and traitors get locked up. Of course people like you will get butt hurt if it involves more NSA surveillance to ferett out the Islamist crazies and Putin supporters.

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko 

There is a general consensus among most Americans not to give aid and comfort to our enemies both foreign and domestic.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@honested @Donnie_Pinko

Ah yes, said like someone who would have fit right in in J. Edgar Hoover's day.


It's about who gets to define 'aid and comfort' and 'enemy', j.ed.

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko @honested 

Aid and comfort is fairly straightforward (especially when a Presidential candidate is encouraging a foreign country to spy and do damage to the private property of Americans.

Enemy could be used to identify countries that have never really changed their method of operation since the cold war.

By the way, comparing anyone made queasy by foreign intervention from unfriendly governments to j.edgar hoover sympathizers isn't likely to win you any supporters.

Pass that along to your buddies there in the bureau.

Peachs
Peachs

You wake up every morning with a Russian in bed with you, you see the world and this nation in a different light!

Maybe we need to find Trump a Mexican or Muslim wife next!

rimsky
rimsky

TauRx Pharmaceuticals' experimental Alzheimer's drug LMTX failed to improve cognitive and functional skills in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, a large, late-stage study showed.//////

Sorry Trump you are doomed.

rimsky
rimsky

"As it turns out, slaves became extremely skilled because they did the work around the plantations, around the farms. All of the large structures that were built up and down the East Coast — from libraries to universities to city halls to mansions — were built by slave labor./////

Just reading up on the WH structure and found more info.

lvg
lvg

Yesterday Donald had a presser where he praised our enemy hacking DNC and Hillary's e-mails. Shortly afterwards, the  GOP head Guru and titular leader, Limbaugh was heard saying it was the most brilliant move yet by Trump.


Insanity and Fascism  truly has taken over the Stupid Party.


Bloomberg who is an independent and knows trump well stole th e convention last night.- "There is only one  SANE

candidate and it is Hillary."

where are the  tax returns??????????????

Send both Trump and Manaford to join the traitor as part of Putin's little freak show along with the drugged up athletes.


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 “slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.”


- Bill Olielly


1. You dont hire slaves dummy


2. What a racist bigoted POS

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Hedley_Lammar   "We're the slaves that built the Whitehouse."  Barack Obama

And, the lemmings sighed, "...yeeeeessssss"

Peachs
Peachs

The real concept of freedom totally escapes these people on the right. But God don't wake them up ,they may figure out they fought all these wars and lost all these soldiers for something entirely different than they thought they were fighting for!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Hedley_Lammar  I had to do a Google on that quote because I couldn't believe that even the Hero of the Malvinas could come up with such claptrap.  WTF!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Hedley_Lammar Well look at who is the Republican party leader now and that explains the revelation of further stupidity within the GOP ranks.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@DownInAlbany @Hedley_Lammar Yes Down's in your world slavery is a laughing matter and deserving of your insensitive jokes.  Sort of like Trump making a joke out of a national security issue yesterday.  And, all lunatics, that includes you, laughed.

honested
honested

@StraightNoChaser @DownInAlbany @Hedley_Lammar 

Face it, conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvatism was never anything but a hiding place for the hopelessly self-centered, the misogynistic and the dead ender confederates.

This is what you get when you pull the sheets off.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested @StraightNoChaser @DownInAlbany @Hedley_Lammar You have never lied.  Since yesterday I have pulled the sheets off three on this blog, Down's is the third one. Donald Trump has given the moles the courage to show their heads now and I have grown to love playing whack a mole. Slavery is not a laughing matter I don't care how long ago it was.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Healer Lamar,

O'Reilly, never thinks he's wrong

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@DIA,

The Holocaust ended decades ago and you're not German. Try making a joke about the Holocaust to someone Jewish and see how that ends up